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Alternate Lifestyles: Plants that Eat Animals

Erica Young, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at UW-Milwaukee, explains that more than 600 species of plants that grow where there aren’t enough nutrients in the soil are able to supplement their diets by capturing insects and digesting them. Young discusses the types of plants that are carnivorous and what kind of insects they attract.

Origins of Magnetic Fields in the Universe

Anna Williams, Graduate Student in the Department of Astronomy at UW-Madison, explores the beginnings of magnetic fields in galaxies and galaxy clusters by studying the magnetic fields on Earth.

The Science of Dairy Milk Harvesting

John Penry, PhD Student in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison, explains how milk is processed and ultimately made available for consumers at the supermarket. Penry compares dairy production in the U.S. to production in Australia and shares ongoing research into dairy milk harvesting at UW-Madison.

Sleep and Aging

Steven Barczi, Professor of Geriatrics at UW School of Medicine and Public Health, explores the relationship between sleep and health. Barczi offers strategies for improving the quality of sleep.

Managing Oak Woods for Wildlife

Rick Horton, Regional Biologist at the National Wild Turkey Federation, offers strategies for attracting wildlife to your property. Horton discusses how to manage land to create an optimal habitat for deer and turkey populations.

History of the Wisconsin State Herbarium

Kenneth Cameron, Director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium at UW-Madison, discusses the importance of the Wisconsin State Herbarium, founded in 1849 by the Board of Regents. The facility contains 1.3 million pressed and dried lichen, plant, and fungi specimens; some from habitats which have disappeared over time.

Therapeutic Gardening

Jennifer Happ, Day Service Coordinator at Riverfront Inc., creates gardens designed to heal. Happ introduces tools intended to aid with strength, flexibility and range of motion issues.

Energy-Efficient Lighting and the Rebound Effect

Andrea Hicks, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison, explores the history and societal benefits of artificial light. Hicks discusses trends in energy-efficiency lighting technology and their effect on energy savings.

Geology of Wisconsin's Penokee Range

Tom Fitz, Associate Professor of Geoscience at Northland College, provides a geologic history of the Penokee Mountain Range. Fitz focuses on the geography of the range and highlights the resources the mountains provide to society.

Early Warnings of Big Changes in Ecosystems

Stephen Carpenter, Director of the Center for Limnology at UW-Madison, discusses how to predict ecological changes in lake, coral reef and ranchland ecosystems using time and spatial data. Changes in the resilience of the ecosystems can indicate a tipping point for a big change.

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